A group of us dined here before
A group of us dined here before catching a show at Second City. The food and service was great. The only drawback, was that we still had to wait 15-20 mins for our table, even though I had made a reservation.
3/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Dinottos before seeing a show at Second City. the food was delicious, the service was great and the prices were very reasonable for Chicago. I would definitely go again.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful and flexible as
Wonderful and flexible as I called to say we were running late and they accommodated our schedule.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyed dinner to the nth
Enjoyed dinner to the nth degree. Dined on 2 of the night specials -- shrimp ravioli in a basil pesto sauce that was fabulous and a stuffed chicken breast that the is stillbeing talked about. We also enjoy Dinotto's!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Live in the Old Town area but first time we went to Dinotto. We will definitely be back. Food was excellent, as was the service. It was my B Day so they brought over a complimentary dessert which was fantastic and I'm not even a sweets person.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's a great place for dinner.
It's a great place for dinner. Lots of variety. Best to come early for dinner when the noise level is good and you hear husband or friends. By the time we left for the 2nd City Show at 7:30p, 2 large groups and a very loud girl were seated next to us and then volumne went WAY up. I will go back in the summer to sit on their patio. Cute place!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We loved this place. We took
We loved this place. We took the metro and walked a block to this cute place. Food was great, wine was great and our son loved his pasta.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
The entree I wanted was not available, they were out of an ingredient. However, our server was quick to suggest other similar entrees and ultimately had the kitchen prepare something similiar for me that was not on the menu. He was very professional and made my first dining experience here a very positive one. The food was delicious. Cute, quiet neighborhood spot. I will be back!
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
More expensive that I was
More expensive that I was hoping but otherwise great.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is a very special place, you come in talking English, and you go out dal ristorante parlando l'italiano, se come si sempre ai vivere a l'Italia,... io penso che la buona pasta e il buon vino da Dinotto :)
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for a pre-Second City dinner. Food was good. I ordered off the special menu and was not disappointed. Generous portions, that could easily be shared.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
we had a party of 8, celebrating
we had a party of 8, celebrating two birthdays. The staff was very accommodating, let us enjoy our meal at our leisure, food I tasted was delish. overall everyone loved the restaurant and enjoyed the food.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
I just moved to Chicago and have been looking for my "go to" Italian restaurant. At home in NY we have "our" restaurant that we know everyone that works there and we feel and are treated like family. I feel like I found that place in Dinotto. I will definitely be coming back here. The food was excellent and the choices were great.
Unfortunately it was too cold (even though it's May) to sit on their patio, but it looked amazing and like a little oasis in the city. I can't wait to come back in the warm weather.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
New chef from Italy
The summer menu is less Americanized, lighter and freaher but still flavorful, and still satisfies. All the classics are on the main menu, don't worry. It hasn't completely changed. And the owners are wonderful!
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks again for the highest quality food presentation and the service was excellent!!!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Family run gem
From bread to appetizer through the main course all our food choices were excellent. The portions were very generous and the service was pleasantly attentive.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet and lovely patio dine spot
Din ottos offers one of the best, most private outdoor patios in the city. The food is reliably good traditional Italian. Service is usually good, but this time it was somewhat intrusive at times, yet we ad to request more water. All in all, however, a private outdoor space fife ring good food and service.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll be back
Good traditional Italian place in the neighborhood. The soup of the day was a gaspachio which was outstanding. Entrees were very hearty and well prepared. Service was friendly.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I gave this restaurant a 4
I gave this restaurant a 4 out of 5 stars for one simple reason: I had the impression this place was quiet, intimate, and romantic. Unfortunately, there were a few families with children. How is a restaurant supposed to be romantic if there are children running around, screaming, and crying?
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I were touring Chicago and wanted to have a "fancy" dinner experience. We loved the food, our drinks were constantly refilled, and we felt like we were the only table in the restaurant with how much great service we were getting. The prices were extremely great for the food quality (fantastic), and the desserts were wonderful. Every employee we came in contact with was polite and professional and very nice to us. We're still talking about how delicious the food was and how much fun we had there weeks later, I would love to go again next time I'm in town!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant, good food, low noise
Our party of six were seated immediately. Service fast and pleasant. Back room was a little warm but not too uncomfortable. Noise level was low, could communicate with the entire table. Northern Italian / Sicilian food, no pizza. Arancini special was nice. Pasta was al dente. Low pressure from wait staff. The bill was about what you would expect for a tourist neighborhood. Very happy we chose this place.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday evening dinner for
Sunday evening dinner for three. Dined outside
and escaped the rain. Enjoyable setting,
notwithstanding North Avenue's noise.
Risotto with peas properly prepared and nicely
presented. Eggplant Parmesan was a disappointment.
Eggplant was undercooked and unseasoned.
Wide wine list and attentive, understanding staff.
Do not expect to find Italian staff!! Order on the 'simple' side.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would come back!
I normally don't order pasta at restaurants, but this time I did, and I am glad (I got the Aurora pasta, it is kind of like a lasagne)! Their menu has a lot of great options. Fairly reasonable prices, too. The tiramisu was also excellent. Only thing I'd say could have been better was that we had to wait a little while for bread (but the pesto butter is really good).
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
An authentically Italiann menu
Barely larger than a storefront, Dinotto offers an amazing variety of authentic Italian dishes on a menu that makes you say "I'll have to come back because there are so many other items I'd like to try". Service is friendly and competent, the outdoor garden is small but comfortable. It is in the neighborhood for Second City and other attractions.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, classic Italian
Whether sitting outside on the patio, or people-watching from the large windows, this is a great spot to enjoy delicious Italian food and wine.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Evening was great as usual.
Evening was great as usual. We were seated in the patio but next to North Ave....not the best seat.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived late for our reservation, but the staff was friendly, efficient and helpful. We enjoyed the food, especially the fabulous grilled calamari.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new favorite
My girlfriend and I went to celebrate our six month anniversary. The food was some of the best Italian--perhaps the best--I've ever had. The service was great. The wait staff was remarkably attentive, without hovering or annoying, and incredibly knowledgeable. All my questions about the food and wine were answered sufficiently in a concise and coherent manner. The patio ambiance was delightful--the brick floor and the ivy on the fence make it feel secluded amidst the city. This is a great restaurant for any occasion: a romantic date, a dinner with family, a casual get-together, or a celebration. You won't be disappointed.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went a group of 8 and everyone ordered some sort of pasta which all looked good. Since I'm allergic to gluten and dairy I ordered grilled swordfish with orange slices, fennel, and asparagus; it was delicious! I would definitely go back. Our waiter was very nice and knowledgeable about the menu.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
great garden dining
Excellent dining in casual atmosphere. The outdoor patio is beautiful with colorful exterior walls of restaurant brightly painted yet still provides a feeling of intimacy with the hedge and other vegetation. I really enjoyed my seafood salad, which had very fresh ingredients, and generous amounts of mussels, shrimp, and crab at a good price. Our waiter was very helpful and steered me to a great glass of red wine. My wife ordered polenta for her entree, and this was the only area needing improvement as it was somewhat dry even with and excellent mushroom sauce.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this place! Very cute little patio and romantic for a date in The Windy City! We want to Second City across the street afterward. The only comment I'd make is that the show times are at 11pm and the Open Table website wouldn't let us reserve a table any later than 715 so we had some waiting in the middle. Perhaps later reservations should be available...? Still a fabulous experience!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lovely Saturday evening
Had a great meal at Dinotto. Food was very good. A traditional Italian menu prepared with upscale taste.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy we stumbled across this restaurant on Open Table. The Staff was fantastic and the food outstanding. Service was quick. The menu was varied. We definitely will return when in Chicago.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian meal ever!!
And we've travelled to Italy 3 times. Outstanding fresh food; fig and grilled calamari appetizers off the charts. Fresh pasta dish -Rotolo Aurora melted in mouth ; seafood special - was tender and delicious. Manny the waiter was well informed and very nice.
Great experience all around
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chgo Italian Finest
Food is uniquely prepared with unsuspected pleasing seasoning appreciated as you eat
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very accommodating to special needs
The staff were wonderful. One in our party was disabled and they went out of their way to accommodate her and her power scooter. Good food. Great atmosphere. I must eat after a show at Second City!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Northern Italian food, attentive service, and not crazy expensive.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better and Better
Every time I come to Dinotto's I'm surprised by how great the food is, or the service is, and this time even the outdoor garden was spectacular. I've never had a bad meal, and lately have ordered off menu, letting the chef conjure up something I remembered from a menu item months past ... only to have it presented exactly as I'd remembered.
Love this place!!!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been coming to Dinotto for years, but only about once a year as I have been living out of town. The food is always delicious - simple enough to appreciate the real and fresh ingredients (pastas are to die for) and flavors but more gourmet than I'd venture to make at home. Last time we ate at the bar and it was just as good as a table experience. The bartender recommended a great wine after asking about my preferences and giving me samples of two.
The people are always friendly and attentive. I will keep going back - more often now!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good, service was good, noise level in the backroom was high.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was wonderful - I had the risotto. Our waiter was nice, but a little too inattentive. We wanted dessert but didn't see him for a long time and we had to get to our show.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined here on numerous occasions through the years - starting before they moved west to their current location.
As usual, the food was excellent. There were 4 in our group- two ordered items from the daily specials and the others from the regular menu. Everyone complimented the quality and taste of their meals - all were excellent. Unfortunately, it was one of the slowest dining experience we have encountered. We did not order drinks, appetizers or salads and it took 1 hr from the time we ordered and received our meal. We arrived at 5:45 and ordered at 6:00 pm. The meal was worth the wait and the time would not have concerned us except as we explained we had theater tickets.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to this restaurant prior to attending a show at Second City. The waiter kept an eye on the time to head to the show, so we could just relax and enjoy dinner. The waitstaff was very friendly, engaging, and wanted to do anything to make the night special, add to that the food was to-die-for delicious. Must visit if you are in Chicago.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Italian Spot in Old Town
This quaint Italian restaurant did not disappoint. My mother and grandmother were visiting Chicago this past weekend and I wanted to show them around the Old Town neighborhood. We started with the calamari - which was cooked to perfection - before moving to our main courses (Salmon, Chicken pasta, and Risotto). All three of our dishes were delicious! I ordered the salmon in white wine sauce with veggies, because I tried to stick with a healthy option. That said, the best dish of the night was my grandmother's chicken bow tie pasta, prepared in a cream sauce... MMMM... it was to die for. To top it all off, the restaurant surprised my grandmother (for her 91st bday) with a piece of tiramisu. DELICIOUS! I highly recommend this spot!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Innovative, very good-to-excellent
Innovative, very good-to-excellent Italian cuisine with very attentive service, albeit somewhat slow.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The noise level was a little
The noise level was a little high but the restaurant was full so it's understandable. Our server was extremely accommodating and efficient.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM